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this new witness in the stand. the defense says the timing of this has taken them by surprise. it's a professional boxer who says he helped to cover up the role of oscar pistorius in a separate shooting incident just weeks before the death of reeva steenkamp. champion boxer kevin lerena, a friend of oscar pistorius and reeva steenkamp is the fourth witness to take the stand in the olympic star's murder trial. alleged he fired a gun inside a restaurant just weeks before he killed reeva steenkamp on valentine's day last year. >> a shot went off in the restaurant and then there was just complete silence. i was in shock and i looked down on the floor, and exactly where my foot was stationary, there was like a hole in the floor. >> reporter: he's accused of firing the gun under their table and amid the chaos asking a friend to take the blame. the prosecution is painting a picture of a man careless with guns. >> i do remember oscar saying, please, just say it was you. i don't want any attention around me. just say it was you. >> you swore again, mr. johnson. >> reporter: the pistorius d
and killing her. the issue, was it murder? did he intend to kill her? >> his defense is it was a mistake and a reasonable person could have made the same mistake. fair enough but that's a tough defense. >> reporter: pistorius says he's kept a gun under his bed for security. he's always maintained it was all a tragic dent. the prosecution argues the shooting was deliberate. >> considering that oscar pistorius shot his own girlfriend in his own home multiple times, you would think it might be a victory for them if the judge only convicts him of the lesser crime of culpable homicide meaning it was a negligent shooting. >> reporter: well his defense team is leaving no stone your honor turned hiring a company that reproduces crime scenes and dr. henry lee who gave evidence during the o.j. simpson trial. the oscar pistorius trial is expected to last up to six weeks. most of it will be televised. dan and bianna. >> of course, the world will be watching. >>> on a lighter note we turn 0 our countdown to oscar sunday just one day away from hollywood's biggest night and the excitement is building,
in as little as 15 minutes. but the defense says kennedy made an honest mistake and that the prosecution has not proven its case. >> hopefully the jury will agree. >> reporter: in a case where no one disputes the facts, it will all come down to kennedy's judgment. >> the issue ultimately will be whether she realized that she was under the influence of ambien and yet continued to drive. >> reporter: if convicted, kennedy could lose some driving privileges. she also faces up to a year in jail. it's unlikely she'd actually serve they time, though, because she doesn't have a record. kennedy has pleaded not guilty and the trial could continue through the week. robin? >> all right, mara, thanks very much. >>> to the latest on the mysterious shooting of a prominent new york real estate tycoon and political power broker at his castle, one of the biggest private homes in the u.s. gary melius says he has no idea who would want to harm him. abc's gio benitez has that story for us. >> reporter: this morning, with his would-be assassin on the loose, the owner of one of america's largest and most exclusiv
the biggest trial of the century. certainly so far it is. >> reporter: the defense claims it was a tragic mistake. pistorius thought steenkamp was an intruder in the home. he acted in self defense. prosecutors allege it was deliberate. he opened fire during an argument in early hours of valenti valentine's day last year. the prosecution will claim he was reckless and gun happy. new images show pistorius on a gun range,i shooting the pistol that killed steenkamp. there is evidence of a flirtatious and loving couple. >> we're looking at a double tragedy, really. because no matter what happens, his life will never be the same again. >> reporter: the trial is due to last three weeks, but a long list of witnesses mean it could last much longer. spending the last few hours inside that courtroom, i can tell you it is truly incredible in there. reeva steenkamp's family is sat shoulder to should we are oscar's family. george, none of them are even looking at each other. >> thank you, hamish. get back to the oscars now. josh what an interview with cate blanche blanchett. >> i got to sit down with c
fearfully. >> reporter: during cross-examination the pistorius defense team asks if there's any chance it was oscar's screams she heard. mistaking it for a woman's voice. >> i can say yes i heard her screaming. >> reporter: the defense team claims pistorius used a cricket bat to beat down the bathroom door. is it possible too the neighbor heard this and confused it with gunshots. >> if the answer is yes, you say yes, if it's no, you say no. if you don't know, you say i don't know. if you don't remember, you say i don't remember. otherwise, you will be in that witness box for another day and maybe two more or the day thereafter. >> reporter: pistorius says he acted in self-defense thinking an intruder was inside the house. he had no idea he was shooting his girlfriend. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty, my lady. >> reporter: robin, don't forget the prosecution alone has called 107 witnesses so this has a long way to go yet. right now there's another witness in the stand, a neighbor who lived even closer who is telling much the same story of loud screams and bang-bang. >> very chilling.
confused and scared. defense attorneys presented the near identical bottles of kennedy's prescription thyroid medicine and the generic form of ambien. as kennedy recounted the july 2012 morning when she says she accidentally took the prescription sleep aid instead of a thyroid pill before eating a breakfast of carrots and cappichino and headed to the gym. on the stand she said she didn't realize anything was wrong saying, "if i realized i was impaired i would have pulled over" but kennedy sideswiped a tractor trailer. her defense said she was sleep driving. >> i have no memory until i was stopped at a traffic light. >> reporter: the 54-year-old faces a single misdemeanor count of driving while impaired. the normally private kennedy spent several minutes on the stand talking about her very public family, affectionately referring to her father, the late robert f. kennedy as "daddy" and talking about his assassination saying "my father died when i was 8. he was killed when he was running for president." >> some jurors would probably be enamored with it and would have great compassion for
in well. >> reporter: the defense which claims kennedy unknowingly took the sleeping pill ambien the morning she sideswiped a tractor trailer in 2012 rested thursday after calling its final witness. dr. david benjamin a clinical pharmacologist who helped get ambien approved by the fda said it can cause automatic type behavior or zombieism. they might become impaired and not know it. >> this is a responsible woman. had she had her faculties about her she would have pulled over and called aaa. >> reporter: kennedy the daughter of robert f. kennedy has pleaded not guilty. and testified that the morning of the accident she had taken a generic form of ambien by mistake, mixing it up with her thyroid medication. on the stand she said if i realized i was impaired, i would have pulled over. but in their closing argument, prosecutors said kennedy knew right away that she had taken the wrong pill. she felt it and i submit she was looking for an excuse to control her public image. an apparent reference to her famous family. many of whom have showed up to support kennedy every day including
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